Cameron relishing role at Stoke

Geoff Cameron is relishing his role as a key member of Stoke's attack.

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The full-back has been one of the Potters' most impressive players in his second season in the Barclays Premier League.

Cameron moved to the Britannia Stadium in July 2012 from Houston Dynamo and has been virtually ever present under both current manager Mark Hughes and his predecessor Tony Pulis.

But Cameron's attacking prowess has come to the fore this season and he played a major part in both of Stoke's goals in their 2-1 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday.

He also nearly scored his second Premier League goal with an overhit cross that forced Cameron's United States international team-mate Brad Guzan to make a fine save.

The 28-year-old said: "I'm trying to get forward and playing almost like a wing-back. They want me to get involved in the attacks. I like that and I think I have stuff to offer in that aspect. I'll keep running up and down - don't forget my job defensively, but offensively as well."

Cameron can play across the defence or in midfield, and Hughes was mulling over whether to move him to centre-back on Saturday had Ryan Shawcross not recovered from a groin problem.

Hughes said: "Geoff's done really well. I think he's shown everybody that he's an accomplished football player, first and foremost, and he has the ability to play in different positions.

"Obviously he's played mostly for me at full-back and done that very well. He's a real part of our attacking threat as well with his ability to join in high up the field.

"His versatility is great from my point of view because I can move him around and you know you're not going to lessen the side because he can make an impact wherever you pick him."

After a run of eight Premier League games without a win, Stoke have shown good form during the past month, winning three of their last six league games and losing only one.

The victory over Villa lifted them into 10th place in the table, and Cameron praised the approach taken by Hughes.

"I'm enjoying his style of play," said the American. "He's a good coach, a player coach. Everybody gets along and he's positive and I think everyone's feeling the vibes off him. We've just got to keep it going."

The fixtures have not been kind to Stoke, with their good run sure to be tested by a trip to Newcastle on Boxing Day followed by an away match at Tottenham on Sunday.

They do not return to the Britannia Stadium until New Year's Day, when high-flying Everton are the visitors.

Cameron said: "It's a busy schedule the next two weeks, it's going to be hard on the legs, but you've got to take advantage of the time off, rest as much as you can and prepare yourself for the next game.

"When I played in the MLS this time would be the off-season but you're playing in the Premier League and this is where you want to play. Christmas time is always busy and I'm enjoying it."

Hughes' main selection dilemma is likely to revolve around whether to bring Charlie Adam back into the starting line-up.

The Scot changed the game after replacing Marko Arnautovic at half-time on Saturday, but Hughes also has Stephen Ireland back after he was ineligible to face his parent club.

Hughes said: "I wanted to give Marko an opportunity just off the front but he was finding it difficult to get into the game so I made the change.

"I'm not going to take all the credit - you can give it to me if you want - but Charlie came on and made an impact, which I hoped he would. I thought he played very well in that second half."

Saturday's victory was a second in succession at home in the league after the shock win over Chelsea, and Hughes added: "We're doing okay in terms of targets we've set ourselves and where we want to be at the end of the season.

"Probably the only disappointment is we feel we should have had more points than we've actually got."



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